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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez

 

July 6, 2021  (Originally published January 11, 2011)

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights

Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour

System:
PS1, Dreamcast, PC, Game Boy Color

Developed by: Crystal Dynamics

Out of all the Mario Kart-like games I've played in my life, the one that stuck with me the most was Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour, released in 2000 for the PlayStation One, Sega Dreamcast, PC and Game Boy Color. The game plays a lot like Mario Kart in that you are racing karts, with the objective being to be the first to reach the finish line. To add to the excitement, you can use weapons to take down your opponents. Mean spirited, I know, but all is fair in the kart racing circuit.

The big difference is that rather than racing on generic locales, you get to race around the Walt Disney World Resort! Why Disney allowed people to race around the parks I will never know, but if you are a Disney fan (especially a fan of the Disney theme parks) the game will be a delight.

The story behind Magical Racing Tour is that Chip and Dale, in their innocent curiosity, have inserted acorns into the magical fireworks machine, and have sent the parts flying around the theme park. You then must race around the park in order to find the parts before the start of the nightly fireworks show.

All of the tracks are based on a famous Disney attraction, such as Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain, the Haunted Mansion and even some of the more obscure attractions like Test Track and Countdown to Extinction/Dinosaur. The attention to detail is great. The development team made sure the game was a certified Disney product. All of the karts in the game are based on the vehicles used on the attractions, so you will be racing around the Haunted Mansion in a Doom Buggie and a log on Splash Mountain. But the highlight of the presentation is the music. The team went the extra mile to include actual songs from the attractions for some of the tracks. Not re-interpretations or remixes, but the actual tracks you would hear when riding the attractions. So expect to hear the contagious “A Pirate's Life for Me” when racing on Pirates of the Caribbean.

             

Other details that adorn the game are item balloons that are shaped like Mickey, Cinderella's Castle makes an appearance on some of the levels, and “It's a small world” plays while the camera flies around a digital replicate of Main Street USA.

         

The 13 playable characters are based on different aspects of the Disney fandom. Bruno Biggs, for example, is a big Mickey Mouse fan, and proudly wears Mickey ears and a t-shirt with the letters M on the front. Amanda Sparkle is a big fan of the Disney princesses, while Tiara Damage (get the pun?) loves the Disney villains (and is even dressed like the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs). There are some Disney characters, though: Chip and Dale in their Rescue Rangers getup cause mayhem around the park, and Jiminy Cricket brings his warmth to the racing mayhem. While the absence of characters like Mickey, Donald and Goofy is slightly disappointing, the fact that they decided to pay tribute to the different Disney fans via original characters is a nice touch. And if you look at them close enough, you will see that they look a bit like classic Disney characters.

         

Save for Adventures at the Magic Kingdom for the NES, there is no Disney game like Magical Racing Tour. It's a fun game everyone can enjoy as they reminisce about their own adventures at the theme park thanks to a presentation that celebrates and respect the Disney World legacy and pays loving tribute to the dreamers that set foot on this magical land each day.

Past Gamer Tuesday

Animated film based games
Aladdin
Aladdin (SEGA)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice's Paint Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Board Game

Beauty and the Beast - two games
Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Computer Game 
A Bug's Life
Cars: The Video Game

Cars Game Reviews
Cinderella's Midnight Dash
Disney Friends
Disney Friends - The Friends of Disney Friends
Finding Nemo Games
Hercules

Jungle Book, The
Lion King, The
The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy
Pinocchio

Pocahontas
Tangled, the Video Game
Tarzan
Tigger's Honey Hunt
Toy Story

Live Action film based games
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue
Disney's A Christmas Carol
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Muppets
Muppets Cruise Party

My Muppets Show
Prince of Persia
Roger Rabbit

Mickey and Friends
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD Remake
Disney Golf
Disney Magicboard Online
Disney Sports Soccer

Disney Super Speedway
Donald Duck
Donald Duck: Goin' Quakers
Epic Mickey
Epic Mickey 2: Power of 2

Goofy's Hysterical History Tour
Lucky Dime Caper, The
Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
Magical Tetris Challenge
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mousecapade
Mickey Mouse Magic Wands
Mickey's 123's: The Big Surprise Party
Mickey's Dangerous Chase
Mickey's Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland

Mickey's Speedway USA
Quackshot
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Where's My Mickey?

The Kingdom Hearts Retrospective
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

Part 11
Part 12

Fun Finds
Diddy Kong Racing
Rayman 3
Sonic Colors

Miscellaneous
101  Dalmatians in Kingdom Hearts
2013 recap
Some of the Bravest Disney Characters
Carousel of Gaming Progress
Christmas list
The D Show
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves

Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix
Darkwing Duck: Remastered
Disney DVD games
Disney Fighting Game that was never made
Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity: Frozen
Disney Infinity: Holiday Guide
Disney Infinity: Play Set Wish List
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life

Disney Princess
Disney Villains Revenge
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
Disney's Game and Watch
Disney's Sing It Family Hits

Disney's Th!nk Fast
Easter Egg in Kinect Disneyland Adventure
Epcot's Innoventions
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Future of Star Wars Gaming and LucasArts

Game Guide for 2012
Guilty Party
Hidden Levels of Mickey's Speedway USA
How the Pap saved Christmas
Just Dance Disney Party

Kingdom Hearts III announcement
Kingdom Hearts III Dream Summons Predictions
Kingdom Hearts III prediction
Kingdom Hearts III live action predictions
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Lady and the Tramp appearance
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Love Scenes in Video Games

Marvel Super Heroes (Arcade Game)
Mickey Mouse games released during Presidential terms
Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena Introduction
Nightmare Before Christmas Appearances
NintendoLand
Pico Games

Pop Century's History of Video Games
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Fighting Game from Runaway Brain
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Steamboat Willie through the years
Summer Games

Tiger Handheld Games
Video Game References found within the parks
Where's My Water?
Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
Wreck-It-Ralph Trailer Analysis
Wreck-It Ralph Trailer Analysis Part 2

Wreck-It Ralph Meet and Greet queue
Wreck-It Ralph's appearance in All-Stars Racing Transformed

Park themed games
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom clarification
Adventure of Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Explorer
DisneyQuest

Disney Fireworks
Disney TokyoSea snack appearance
Finding Fantasyland
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Magic Kingdom Board Game

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Tortuga Tavern
Toontown Online
Toy Story Mania!
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour - Looking back after a year

Pap's Picks
E3 Highlights
The Marvel Connection
Top 5 Weird Games
Top Marvel and Disney super hero games

Television Based Games
Bonkers
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck
DuckTales

DuckTales: Remastered
Goof Troop

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